The Russian World Cup
The third largest city of Russia, Ufa, is located on the Volga River, approximately 1200 kilometres west of Moscow. The region of Bashkortostan, including Ufa, is the home of many historic cities and towns, including Arkhangai, Razhyn, Vorkuta, Samovsk, Chemnitz, Shevrat, Kemer, Samara and Vitosha. The capital city of Ufa is on the main river of the same name, and is also the main port on the Pacific Ocean inlets. Sportbooks regularly refer to Ufa as “the new Petersburg” or “the Petersburg Gold.”
Ufa has been considered the “precious” city for bookmakers for years. As one bookmaker puts it: “If there is such a thing as a city of gold, then Ufa is it. Every time I make a bet here, I am proved right.” The city has been referred to as the “bookmaker’s dream” and is often regarded as one of the leading destinations for bookmaking activity. The reason for this is the number of opportunities that exist both in the domestic sector and abroad. Bookmakers often describe Ufa as a great location for their clients, as it provides a wide range of different games, making it a very attractive option for both long and short term sports betting.
One of the main attractions of Ufa for sportbooks is the excellent infrastructure that it offers. The city has a well developed airport and the buses, metro and local trains are quite advanced. It is often envisaged that one day, all the trains in the country will run on the new Reductor line – connecting Ufa to Moscow and beyond. The speed of the journey from Ufa to Moscow is faster than any other railway service available, even in the world’s most technologically advanced country.
Unlike many other Russian cities, there are no age restrictions when entering Ufa. Many sportbooks also allow customers to place sports bets over the internet. This aspect is especially useful to potential customers that may not otherwise be able to get to a bookmakers’ office. Internet access is often a requirement for booking on an online sportsbook.
Despite the fact that there are numerous different sports betting websites operating in Ufa, one bookmaker stands out. Onustof is the only online sportsbook that has managed to overcome the many barriers placed around the city by law by government officials. Onustof has special partnerships with several of Russia’s leading sporting teams, and has also signed agreements with major international sports companies to provide coverage for their betting services. This has made Onustof the favourite choice for many Russian sportbooks customers.
Although not without its own set of disadvantages, Ufa does have its advantages. In addition to offering great access to the world’s leading sporting events, the city is often considered to be far more cosmopolitan and tolerant towards non- Russians than many other cities in the country. This has given Ufa the perception of being a more welcoming place to non- Russians. The large number of western European sportbooks, especially in London, make this aspect of Ufa particularly appealing.